the rugby world cup, france 2023

By Allyn freeman

The Tenth Rugby World Cup will take place this year in France, starting on Friday, September 8, and running for six-weeks until Saturday, October 28. The final match is scheduled in the 80,000 seat Stade de France in Paris.

Twenty nations will compete for World Rugby’s William Webb Ellis Trophy. The four pools of five teams each follow:

A – New Zealand, France, Italy, Uruguay, Namibia

B – South Africa, Ireland, Scotland, Tonga, Romania

C – Wales, Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Portugal

D – England, Japan, Argentina, Samoa, Chile

Two teams from each pool will advance into the quarter finals. The USA Eagles and Canada failed to qualify for the quadrennial event. 


The initial RWC began in 1987 when sixteen-nations competed in New Zealand and Australia. The All Blacks and the Springboks have won three titles, Australia two, and England one. France and England have been runners up in three tournaments.

Ireland, currently, the highest ranked World Rugby country, and champions of 2023’s Six Nation title with a Grand Slam (i.e.; A clean sheet of winning all five games.), has never advanced out of the RWC quarter-final rounds for a record seven occasions.


The attendance has generated excellent totals with three out of the past four RWC events achieving a ninety-percent or higher outcome of possible stadium seating. Data follow:

RWC Total Average Percent

Year Venue Attendance Per Stadium Capacity

2007 France 2.3MM 47.2M 93%

2011 NZ 1.5MM 30.1M 85%

2015 England 2.5MM 51.6M 95%

2019 Japan 1.7MM 37.8M 91%


The RWC ranks as the third most watched global sports broadcast with over four-billion views. Tops is FIFA’s association football World Cup that achieves over forty-billion views. Second is the Summer Olympics at twenty-billion.

Five France 2023 Questions and Answers

1Q. What is the best online source for the RWC 2023?

1A. To find information regarding the RWC, access Word website. There, upload tournament pools and match schedules with dates and venues from the opening game until the final at the Stade de France.  The Stade celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.

2Q. How to find accommodations?

2A. An excellent source is Accor (A leading French hotel chain.) at For rental platforms, try Or in Paris at

3Q. Train travel in France?

3A. SNCF, the French national train company, is an official sponsor of RWC 2023. Book train tickets at

4Q. How to buy RWC tickets?

4A. The RWC tickets are sold out. Keep an eye on the resale website at A few hospitality packages are available at Or via the RWC official travel agency at

5Q. Any additional suggestions?

5A. The French government issued an interesting website for all supporters traveling to France for the RWC and the 2024 Paris Olympics . Some regions  in France released local information (e.g.; city of Nice or city of Paris

Final Note

In the USA, NBC will be the official television broadcaster of the 2023 RWC: 

NBCSN = 26 matches, Quarterfinals, and Final

NBC = Semi-finals and Final (Delayed)

CNBC = Selected games

Need a Rugby World Cup guide in Paris with a car? Contact Gilles Mege, a fifteen-year executive with the French Rugby Federation who speaks fluent English.

Emails: Gilles.Mege@SFR.FR or

Telephone: +33 6 10 54 05 32

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